A few weeks back I got the opportunity to participate in a wine pairing event at the Dallas Ruth Chris Steakhouse. Coppola has always been a popular wine brand for me from the famous filmmaker and so I was excited about the chance to taste some of the wines that I never had the chance to try along with some great food from the Dallas Ruth Chris. All photos in this post are courtesy of.
The menu for the evening included:
Hand-Passed Hors D’Oeuvres
Seared Ahi served on a Crisp Cucumber and Fresh Tomato Bruschetta Crostini
Paired with 2011 Sofia Blanc de Blancs
Chilled Shellfish Salad
tiger shrimp, lump crabmeat, spring greens, white balsamic vinaigrette
Paired with 2011 Diamond Chardonnay
Wild Mushroom Risottos
cremini mushrooms, fresh thyme, Romano cheese
Paired with 2010 Votre Santé Pinot Noir
8 oz Filet* & Lobster Tail Rockefeller
stuffed with creamy spinach and Romano cheese
Served with potatoes au gratin and green beans
Paired with 2010 Diamond Claret
Chocolate Sin Cake & Fresh Berries
rich and sinful flourless chocolate cake
Paired with 2010 Director’s Cut Cabernet
The Director of Winemaking Corey Beck (shown above) was on hand to provide insight to how Coppola created the idea behind some of his famous wines at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery. A creative mind truly knows no limits and the stories behind how he comes up with his wines are remarkable and definitely a family affair. Which is why if you are planning a family gathering, a reception, a shower, a birthday, a Christening or if you are in the mood to toast, do so with Coppola. Now the popular filmmaker’s wines are so profitable per Beck, they support his movies.
I am a fan favorite of the Sofia, named after his daughter. This light refreshing sparkling variety is the lady’s favorite at showers and perfect for toasting at weddings. It even comes in single serve sizes at places like Goody Goody Liquor in the DFW area. Single serve wines in cartons are becoming popular for the gal on the go, that really comes in handy.
Red and White Varieties
One of the disappointing things I’m starting to find in restaurants is that they are not carrying Coppola wines on their menus. That is such a shame. While I’m not a white wine drinker, the 2011 Diamond Chardonnay that was served with the first course had lighter notes than your typical Chardonnay. For me, the sooner we move to the reds, my heart just sings. The wild mushroom risotto that I had paired exquisitely with the 2010 Votre Santé Pinot Noir. I am having a hard time finding this bottle anywhere. Let me tell you the story about how Coppola created this wine.
A Votre Sante’
It’s a french saying and typically a toast that means To Your Health! Coppola’s mother, Italia Coppola was fluent in many languages including French. This was the signature toast at family events made by Italia. so when Coppola created the Votre Sante Pinot Noir, it was to honor his mother. Nothing makes more of a statement about Coppola’s wine creations than to create the atmosphere about family. The Votre Sante is a wonderful red if you like the Pinot variety. Fantastic with the melted cheese on the Risotto.
Now comes my favorite, the 2010 Diamond Claret. I ended up taking a bottle of this home. We had it paired with a filet and lobster tail. This is my favorite red. It’s a deep, dark red like a classic Bourdeaux. Our waiter at Ruth Chris Steak House said this is his family’s favorite wine. It’s layered with blackberry, cassis and roasted espresso. This ultra premium Claret, sports a label that honors the first Cabernet Sauvignon blended in a Bordeaux style by Gustave Niebaum in 1910. The look of the bottle really stands out as well with gold netting that wraps around it. I love this red so much for the spice of the flavors infused with the grapes. It is rich and if you are a red wine lover, you will love this wine. The aging process is 15 months in French Oak.
For your next party or gathering, consider Coppola and the varieties mentioned above. Coppola Winery located in Geyserville, California is a functioning winery that caters to families. With pools and a movie room it’s a travel destination in wine country with tastings and tours to delight the sense. You can visit Coppola Winery online via the following channgels:
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Disclaimer: I received an opportunity to review the wine pairings via a complimentary dinner at Ruth Chris Steakhouse. All opinions are 100% my own.